Supreme Court Watch
The New York Times reports that Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, announced on Friday that he would retire at the end of this term, setting up a confirmation battle over his replacement that is virtually certain to dominate the political scene this summer.
In response to the announcement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement this summer, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington lauds his outstanding public service and calls on President Obama to select a nominee who values the right to privacy and women’s health.
ABC News ponders whether a controversial, unconstitutional anti-choice bill that is making its way through the Nebraska legislature will be the next big Supreme Court case on reproductive rights.
Health Care and Abortion Coverage
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, writes for the Huffington Post about how the health care reform law affects women.
Ann Woolner, columnist for BusinessWeek, writes about the negative spillover effects for women in the health care legislation, and the dangers of several proposed state laws.
In the face of anti-choice legislation pending in both Nebraska and Kansas, Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who is one of just a handful of late-term abortion providers in the country, is contemplating how he can best serve women in an increasingly restrictive environment.
Austin, TX became the second city to require “crisis pregnancy centers” to post signs indicating that they do not provide, or refer for, birth control or abortion services. The ordinance is a victory in protecting women’s reproductive health by ensuring that they have knowledge about the care they receive.
The Family Foundation, a conservative anti-choice organization in Virgina, is pressuring anti-choice Governor Bob McDonnell to include amendments to the state budget that would restrict funding for Planned Parenthood. Similar amendments have been struck down in the General Assembly in the past, but if passed it could mean that clinics would not get reimbursed for providing health care to low-income patients on Medicaid.
The Wonk Room follows the bills being proposed in several states that would place wide restrictions on reproductive rights.
Other News of Note
RH Reality Check reports that Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan representative now best known for attempting to hold healthcare reform hostage in order to advance his anti-choice agenda, will be annoucing his retirement today.
The Seattle Times features a profile of a 30-year veteran sex education teacher in Wisconsin after a district attorney in the state made a bizarre threat to arrest anyone who teaches sex education in schools.